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Entrepreneurial spirit 'should be supported' in tough graduate jobs market

Published: Tuesday, 09 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Young Britons worried about securing graduate opportunities when they leave university should tap into their entrepreneurial spirit, according to one education charity.

John May, chief executive of Young Enterprise, conceded that the UK is in danger of "failing" its new talent by not offering them the appropriate business skills and experience.

However, he noted that initiatives such as his organisation's Start Up programme provide graduates with a chance to set up their own business while studying, with minimal risk attached.

In an interview with the Guardian, he explained that the funding provided by Young Enterprise helps to point the aspiring company owners in the right direction.

"We'll help them come up with ideas by introducing them to like-minded people and appointing a business person to mentor them and shoulder some of the responsibility," he said.

Young Enterprise, which was founded in 1962, is made up of 12 regional organisations, each operating individually under a license agreement.

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